I’ve considered my life and my lack of abundance of material wealth and possessions, and my recent loss of a job. Through it all, God has so lead me to consider the birds, that I am of more value to Him than they. At such also He made me realize the truer purpose for my life.
From the Bible, “You [LORD] saw me before I was born... Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed." And so here is a brief look at my journey through mortality under God’s guiding hand.
Haunted due to missteps that I have taken through my life journey; having moved from one place to another in my learning where I belong. In one instance, it is as if I resided in the belly of a fish. Nevertheless, I have realized the joy, peace, and blessing, even amidst my haunting experiences.
A somewhat fiction tale of one reflecting upon his own weakness, struggles, and the "storms" of life, realizing through it all God's grace is all-sufficient.
Continuing the true story of the author's life, sharing the good with the bad: his joy, his struggles, trials, fears, and tears, as he learns of his real purpose for his existence as an Earthling in meeting his life's Pattern.
The true story of the author's life, his coming to be in this temporal time -- sharing the good with the bad: his joy, his struggles, trials, fears, and tears, as he learns of his real purpose for his existence as an Earthling in meeting his life's Pattern.
Alex Grater’s grandson shares his grandfather’s legacy. Jessi and Thomas-John celebrate an anniversary and another Christmas with their children and grandchildren, and are surprisingly greeted.
Jessi and Thomas-John meet that stalker and has a special message for him with what God directs her to share. The evil one, too, realizes his own undoing.
Alex reflects on his time with Thomas-John. Jessi shares her twice found joy. Not pleased with it all, however, the evil one aspiring a hateful glare still prowls about seeking her devouring.
In church one Sunday morning Jessi pleasingly observes and welcomes new comers to the service, welcoming a surprise and a long awaited announcement. The evil, too, one isn’t finished with his scheme.
Jessi meets a woman discouraged by a flaw. Thomas-John meets Alex and has an opportunity to share the real life. The evil one too is at work at his evil scheme.
Jessi awakens to a new day more impressed with her purpose for her existence in this mortal time. Alex, too, awakens but realizes his loss the night before, yet he learns of the better sports vision.
A true story of a sudden urge I had experienced some years ago, leading to a fresh encounter with God where He shared with me my real purpose for my being.
Continuing down the red brick road back to her time, Jessi is awed at the making of history down her way and across the way down the yellow brick road the works of humanity and the works of Elohim.
Jessi once again for a while walks with a friend of her youth down the Red Brick Road. Together they see the sights and sounds of history in the making and realize two very different worlds.
Jessi begins a fantastic journey, seeing how time has come and is coming into being; she sees history in the making, walking along with her childhood friend.
Continuing with this fictional tale of truth we see Alex investing a bundle in a gamble. Thomas-John rushes to Jessi’s aid to try to save her from her attacker.
Jessi’s parents discuss a dream and then gets a mysterious phone call asking about their daughter. Thomas-John and Jessi faces danger on their way home.
The evil one aspiring a hateful glare continues its stormy days for Jessi and those of the Kingdom of God. Through it all, however, is assured of the peace that only her Creator can give.
Continuing this fictional tale of truth: the evil one continues its attack yet Jessi is rescued. In the process she makes a new friend and is surprised that the new friend knows her.
Continuing with this fictional tale of truth, Jessi, faced with hard times at work, she is encouraged to remain joyful and true her faith. The evil one too continues his plotting schemes to destroy.
Continuing this fictional tale of truth: Jessi returns to work the Monday after that horrendous first date. Although greeted with condolences from her teammates, that evil one too continues prowling about, plotting its evil scheme seeking to devour her.
Thomas-John and Jessi have their first date, ending horrendously experiencing the enemies’ attack. But they learn that love is better than hate. And Thomas-recalls a pleasant childhood memory.
Jessi gets a pleasant surprise when the train arrives at her stop, meeting a special friend, who escorts her to a special treat. The evil one too, however, still prows about scheming her demise.
Heading home after a week of work, Jessi meets an elderly gentleman to whom she ceases the opportunity to share her story. The evil to continues planning her demise.
Continuing this tale of fiction we see Alex boasting of his temporal self-endeavors. Jessi, on the other hand, realizes her priority despite the evil one’s continued enticements, focused on her demise
Jessi and Nurse Carol share with one another; they become close friends. Jessi shares from her pastor’s sermon, and a seed is planted. The evil one too continues scheming his destructive plan.
Memories are fun (sort of). And so here through the writing, I take a brief return to my hometown where I grew up – childhood through high school. What was it like then? What is it today?]
Jessi recalls another childhood Bible reading time with Grammy and Timothy. The coming of another year begins sad for Jessi. Alex gives more time for his passion to the scheme of the evil one.
Continuing from An Inner Storm 10 years later. Here in this tale of fiction two of Johnny Mac’s former employees visit him and they learn from him his meaning of the importance of friendship.
Jessi welcomes her co-worker and Alex to the church fellowship meal at Fireside Grill. Jessi recalls a memorable childhood experience. Alex remains lured by the deceptive snares of the evil one.]
Alex Grater arrives home from work tired. Carol extends Jessi’s invitation. Alex remembers his passion, reminiscing the pleasures of his youth, ever-so pleasing to the evil on aspiring a hateful glare
A day at work at the hospital: Jessi visits her little friend, and invites a co-worker and co-worker's boyfriend to a church meal. That evil one, however, is ever intent on his devouring purposes.
Jessi contemplates a pleasant dream dreamt through the night. After a hearty breakfast with her parents, she’s off to work. She shares her story with another, yet not to the liking of the evil one.
Jessi Whitcombe graduates from high school with a new friend; fond and emotion-filled memories embrace her thoughts. That evil one grimaces his hateful displeasure; he schemes his effort to destroy.
Timothy is reprimanded for expressing his Christmas joy before his class. There’s a saddened joy with the arrival of Christmas Day. The New Year is celebrated with a heavenly home going.
Timothy’s question is put before the pastor, “Is there a Christmas?” The pastor answers pleasing the present company; the evil looking on from his distant afar schemes his ruin of it
Sunday morning – in Mid-Central the special day for God’s people to attend church; for others, it’s just another shopping day. The displays reflecting the season arouse the evil one’s displeasure.
Christmas comes to Mid-Central; we see the two lives—one has to be urged to take a break from work for the season. The other and her best friend enjoy and discover the real meaning of the Season.
A story of three lives: one living in the dark light of the present world system; two born and taught the Light of the King of kings from a Godly grandmother.
Impressed in realizing the two worlds in this time, from my imagination I wrote this piece expressing my impression of such. Here is the prologue; the various chapters will soon follow.
We are laborers together, not singly. Jesus called out the 12 and sent them out two-by-two. Together they are a help to one another. And so are we in this time, a team, not “lone rangers.”
Matthew 5:13-14, “You are the salt of the earth… You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.”
A tale of fiction, of one man reflecting upon his own weakness, struggles, and the “storms” of life, realizing through it all God’s grace is all-sufficient.
Earthly pleasures, in this temporal time soon find their end, pleasurable while they last, yet only a happy remembrance for a while when they come to an end. Read of a more pleasurable pleasure.
Watching television has become America's favorite pastime today, whether actually via a set, the Internet, or "Smartphone." It has enhanced our attitudes, habits, and conversation.
Before Christ's return, we have time to live out our beliefs and to reflect Jesus' love toward others, attentive to witnessing opportunities God brings across our way.
Out of the darkness I’ve escaped, thanks to Jesus, and into reality; having chosen the way less traveled by, I’m now walking among the “children of light”.
That evening young Ernie recalled the events of the day; how blessed he'd been meeting that ancient airman, causing a moment’s pause along his way, challenging him toward a more exemplary employment.
A true happening in my life with a touch of humor; a fresh reminder that, “We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken…”
Amidst all the trimmings, gifts, and ornaments that make Christmas a “jolly” time of year let us not forget the joy, the real reason for the season.
How important is a name? Very important to Jesus; He knows us all—by name, and “up close and personal”. We are not just a “There” to Him.
Losing my young nephew, he at a young age, put a hole in my world, my life will never be the same, yet there is consolation, and hope for new a beginning.
Further down the mountain I was hiking with a friend a difficulty I had experienced. A little rest and water I figured was what all I needed. The Boy Scout troop coming upon me thought differently.
A memorable trip I had experienced through the night. Even though I was unable to see in advance what I would experience, taking the bus was the wiser choice.
A fictional tale of a young entrepreneur learning to respond to trials not with an "Oh my!" but a "Be glad!”—To "count it all joy" when facing trials encountered along life’s journey.
In a word, to describe it all I think just might be deterioration. Changes are taking place everywhere, not only in my city, I’m sure, but all around the world.
Adapted from The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, this tale of fiction relates the reality of life in these times. Any resemblance to real persons living or dead is purely coincidental.
Though a work of fiction, this story shares the real meaning of Christmas. Except for the name of Jesus, all other names are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons is purely coincidental.
“…Be still in the presence of the LORD, and wait patiently for him to act. Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes…” (Psalm 37:7, NLT.)
Jesus said, “...those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life” (John 4:14, NLT.)
Time—often a great barrier, or hindrance, to accomplishing what we need to, or want to, accomplish. “Oh, if I only had more time,” is the common wish today.
"When [Jesus] saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” (Matthew 9:36, NLT.)
“[Knowing] that they were naked… they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths… And the LORD God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them,” Genesis 3:7, 21
"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go," Joshua 1:9
"For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? For what can a man give in return for his soul?" Mark 5:36-37
“Look!” Jesus says, “I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.”
Is true happiness found in financial wealth and material goods? This fictional account is of one who thought it was; yet he didn’t find it. Through time, he learns where true happiness is found.